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ToeJam & Earl Is The Greatest Console-Exclusive Game Ever Made, Period

Posted by on June 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This week, the FleshEatingZipper Staff is writing about their favorite console-exclusive games, ever! Agree or disagree in the comments below!

I’m taking us all the way back into the golden age of gaming to pick the greatest console-exclusive gamer ever. That’s right, I’m talking about a little game called ToeJam & Earl, baby. OH, YEAH!

ToeJam & Earl, the Sega Genesis cult classic, is about two funky alien rappers who accidentally crash their space ship on Earth. While trying to escape the deadly grasp of humans, they are forced to look all over the lands for their missing extraterrestrial debris. Players can choose to be either the large orange fat blob, or the three legged lobster eyed creature.

The cake is not a lie.

Glorious Co-op: ToeJam & Earl was the first co-op game I had ever played. Being able to play along side a friend tended to be a lot more fun than waiting turns, thanks to our impatient nature. Even when TJ&E was released on the Wii Virtule Console, my college roommate/friend and I would dedicate long evenings trying to beat the entire game. I believe it took several months to complete but it was worth every minute relishing in that nostalgic rage. Camaraderic yelling, screaming, and cursing are quite common with TJ&E. Whether it be a little devil causing you to fall off the level with his trident, or cupid confusing the directional pad to your controller while a damned boogie man kills you out of no where — controllers will be thrown.

Humor: A lot of the humor was based on early 90’s pop culture and is completely dated. But it always can get a chuckle from me especially the dialogue between the two aliens. Another aspect of the games humor are the non-scripted events that you’ll swear could never happen, but always happened anyways. I can’t help but laugh after falling 3 levels due to incredibly stupid coincidences. A couple favorites would have to be being swept away by a tornado only to leave me an inch away from land, and having three different human characters gang rape me to death with out giving a chance to escape because that dancing Hawaiian bitch is just close enough to make my character distracted.

Replayability: The levels seem to be generated randomly, meaning that the ship pieces, presents/items, and humans always change from game to game. You can also make the game more difficult by switching the random level button on. That’s where the real challenge comes and it’ll keep you begging for more.

Super Mario Bros. was the first video game I crawled over to play. However, it didn’t have as much impact as ToeJam & Earl had. This game had it all – fun gameplay, humor, co-op and a level zero. Plus the Super Nintendo had nothing remotely comparable to TJ&E, thus making it the greatest console-exclusive video game ever made, period.

 

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